Historical Downtown Business and Residential areas
Water on Two Sides of the City... Unique Recreational Opportunities
A little information about our town...
Welcome to New Bern. Along our streets, the easy feel of a small town merges with the spirit of a big city. Where the Neuse and Trent rivers unite, a coastal rhythm of life takes hold that energizes and relaxes you at the same time. Come take in our historic charm and visit the place where tradition and progress flow together seamlessly.
Founded in 1710 at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers, New Bern was settled by Swiss and German adventurers from Bern, Switzerland. New Bern is the second oldest town in the state. Royal Governor William Tryon made this seaport his colonial capitol and residence, Tryon Palace, was built in 1770. A major port and trading center in the 1800's, New Bern was captured and occupied by the Union Army after a fierce battle on March 14, 1862.
New Bern has three historic districts with homes, stores, and churches dating back as the early 18th century. Religion has played an important role in city history, and graveyards chronicle the lives of the early settlers. Cedar Grove Cemetery has the graves of Confederates who died in the Battle of New Bern, and the National Cemetery holds the remains of Union soldiers and veterans of later wars.
There are several museums to visit & learn. The Firemen's Museum has restored equipment and displays honoring more than two centuries of firefighters. The New Bern Academy, built circa 1806, is the oldest chartered school in the state, and is now a museum that houses artifacts focusing on education, architecture, and the Civil War.
Pepsi Cola, first known as Brad's Drink, was created in 1898 at Bradham's Pharmacy at Middle and Pollock Streets by the young Caleb Bradham. Other attractions include Union Point Park, The North Carolina History Museum, and the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, home to the Craven County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is located in downtown New Bern. While there, be sure to check out the many publications available to assist you as you explore New Bern.